Up Your Decor Game With These 15 Home Accessories That Will Never Go Out of Style
I get asked questions about accessories time and again. What should I put on bookshelves besides books? What goes on top of the coffee table? How should I dress my sideboard? Adding accessories to a room usually happens toward the end of a decorating project. It’s one of my favourite phases of a project. This is where I really get to tell a story about the homeowner.
Over the years, I have developed a list of go-to accessories. These items are staples in the design world; some clients even ask for them based upon layouts they’ve seen or pieces they have coveted in favourite stores. These staples never disappoint. They look great mixed in among our most personal treasures, while adding warmth and interest. Enjoy the list, and consider one of these items the next time you want to freshen up that corner table or bookshelf.
Let’s start with the most basic accessorising item: Fresh flowers. Consider a random colour to offset your room’s palette. Notice the layered effect of the bright yellow orchids against the gorgeous coral, linen-inspired wall covering.
A Splash Of Zebra
A Starburst Mirror
A Bar Cart
Great looking and practical. This versatile piece does double-duty as furniture and bar annex in a living room, a den, a dining room…really anywhere you would like to serve a drink. Bar carts on wheels are great for moving from room to room. Pretty bottles of different liquors can be arranged with drinking glasses.
A classic accessory for walls. Available in a multitude of materials, from iron to felt, faux antlers add a touch of whimsy to a room. Also, antlers create a focal point while adding visual height. Stack antlers above art to create a grouping in rooms with high ceilings.
A Beautiful Bowl
An Art Grouping
Branches offer a touch of nature on the inside of a home. Sculptural, yet still casual. Notice how this organically-shaped branch is paired with an art collection of square or rectangular art. Contrast in shapes is eye-catching.
A Decorative Box
A Grouping Of White
Do you have a collection of candlesticks shoved in a cabinet somewhere? Display them on a sideboard or an entry table. These candlesticks are all similar but have varying heights. They do not all have to match; a balanced grouping of different candlesticks also works.
Sculpture offers an opportunity to really personalise a room. Display something that reflects an interest or a hobby – for example, this ocean-theme piece on the table or the African headdress on the hearth.
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A tray is such a useful accessory and can look great in many places. It can be the perfect solution for creating a surface on an ottoman, where you can put up your feet and display fresh flowers at the same time. Smaller trays also unify a vignette on a nightstand, or an end table.
This recommendation was first posted on Houzz.